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Redeye is a weekly show broadcast on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, CFRO 100.5fm. The show has been on the air for over 35 years, providing high-quality public affairs and arts programming to people looking for a progressive take on current events.


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Nov 29, 2021 Redeye Collective
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BC has crown corporations for housing, hydro, transit and a number of other key sectors. Now a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Zero Waste BC is calling for a crown corporation to take on the challenge of recycling. This is just one of a number of key proposals in “A Zero Waste Agenda for BC”. We speak with Sue Maxwell, a sustainability consultant with Ecoinspire Planning Services and one of the authors of the report. 
Topics: zero, waste, recycling, garbage, repair, incinerators, food, consumption
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Nov 29, 2021 Redeye Collective
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As long as Covid-19 exists anywhere in the world, it is a threat everywhere. But, in spite of our shared risk, the world’s richest countries have exercised a “me first” approach to the Covid-19 vaccine, buying up more than half the total. The People’s Vaccine Alliance says our best chance of all staying safe is to ensure a Covid-19 vaccine is available for all as a global common good. We talk with Brittany Lambert of Oxfam Canada.
Topics: vaccines, apartheid, pharmaceutical, Pharma, COVAX, doses, Covid-19, Moderna, Pfizer, TRIPS, patents
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Nov 29, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has just released its 26th alternative federal budget aptly named Mission Critical: A just and equitable recovery. The goal of the budget is to ensure that the legacy of the pandemic is a publicly-led recovery that leaves no one behind. We speak with David Macdonald, senior economist with the CCPA.
Topics: pharmacare, health, care, child, mental, health, equity, recovery, budget, federal, just,...
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Nov 12, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Over the past two weeks, Vancouver City Council has heard from close to 1000 people about a policy proposal designed to limit new rental apartment buildings to busy arterials and the streets nearby. Some people argue against any new rentals, others say renters should be able to live in quiet neighbourhoods too. We speak with Danny Oleksiuk, a past member of Vancouver’s Renter’s Advisory Committee and co-founder of Abundant Housing Vancouver.
Topics: housing, rentals, air, pollution, zoning, planning, neighbourhoods, Vancouver, apartment, buildings
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Nov 12, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Back in the early 1970s, children from the Raymur housing project in Strathcona were forced to cross train tracks on their way to their elementary school.  After months of petitioning for a safe crossing, a group of mothers made their voices heard by blockading the tracks. Carmen Pollard’s short film, Militant Mother, tells the story. We speak with Carolyn Jerome, one of the mothers who stood in front of the trains. 
Topics: militant, mother, Raymur, train, blockade, school, crossing, direct, action, Vancouver
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Nov 12, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Yves Engler is a Montreal-based activist, author and critic of Canadian politics.  He just came out with his eleventh book “We Stand on Guard for Whom? A People’s History of the Canadian Military.  In the book, he presents a history of the Canadian military from the perspective of its victims.   The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute sponsored an online launch for the book last month. In this podcast, Yves Engler’s presentation from that...
Topics: military, Canadian, victims, war, peace-keeping, weapons, fighter, jets. Yves, Engler, history,...
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Nov 7, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Finance has an oversized presence in contemporary mature nations. It has grown enormously in terms of size, relative to the rest of the economy. And, financialization has crept into all aspects of our lives. Housing, education, and healthcare are all targets for investors. More recently, new investment vehicles are being marketed that would even financialize natural ecosystems. We speak with Randall Wray, senior scholar at the Levy Economics Institute and professor of economics at Bard College.
Topics: finance, financialization, housing, education, ecosystems, investment, capitalism, banks, Wall,...
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Nov 5, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In October, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users conducted a survey asking homeless people about the impact of street sweeps by city workers and police. The stress of having to defend personal possessions against seizure or theft is something that homeless people around the world face on a daily basis. A research project is looking at attempts to govern the belongings of the precariously housed. We speak with Nick Blomley, Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University and one of the...
Topics: housing, homelessness, street, precarious, possessions, belongings, eviction, poverty, theft,...
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Nov 5, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In Guatemala, a trial is underway in the case of 183 civilians who were disappeared or murdered in Guatemala City in the 1980s.  A military intelligence document known as the Diario Militar, or Military Diary, is being used as evidence of the systematic terrorism carried out by high-ranking military officials and others. Twelve men are now accused of crimes against humanity. We speak with Wendy Mendez, whose mother was disappeared in 1984. 
Topics: Guatemala, death, squads, military, diary, dossier, disappeared, murder, human, rights, impunity
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Nov 5, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Canada’s extradition act is under scrutiny. The Meng Wanzhou case raised questions about extradition proceedings that have foreign policy implications. Concerns have also been raised about the wrongful extradition of Dr. Hassan Diab to France in 2014. Two years ago, a group of academics, defence counsel and human rights organizations met at Dalhousie University to discuss Canada’s extradition law. Professor Robert Currie joins us to talk about the law reform proposals that came out of that...
Topics: extradition, law, act, Canada, minister, judge, court, Diab, France, human, rights, Halifax,...
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Nov 5, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Carmen Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed Chilean-Canadian author, educator and journalist. Her new novel, Atacama, is set against the backdrop of Chile in the first half of the twentieth century and Europe during the Spanish Civil War. It is both a sweeping historical novel and gripping tale of personal drama. Carmen Rodriguez joins us to talk about the book.
Topics: Chile, Atacama, Spain, fascism, historical, novel, drama, communism, Rodriguez
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Nov 3, 2021 Redeye Collective
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A school district on Vancouver Island has responded to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action with a unique resource called Learning with Syeyutsus.  Developed in collaboration with UBC Press and their authors, it’s a free, curated speaker series featuring respected authors at the forefront of Indigenous topics. We speak with Scott Saywell, District Superintendent for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, and Ricki Bartlett, Director of Instruction for Indigenous...
Topics: Indigenous, reconciliation, call, action, TRC, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, UBC, authors, schools, education
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Nov 3, 2021 Redeye Collective
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British Columbians will look back at the summer of 2021 as the one where the climate emergency really hit home. First, there was the heat dome, then months of evacuation orders and wildfire smoke across the province. If it hadn’t been for the cooler wetter weather in August, this year would have set a new record for the number of hectares burned. Now that the rains have set in, it’s a good time to look back at the wildfire season. We speak with Marc Lee, senior economist at the Canadian...
Topics: fire, forest, British, Columbia, BC, heat, dome, climate, change, crisis, wildfire, smoke, season
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Oct 25, 2021 Redeye Collective
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For five days in October, members of community groups, advocates and residents of the Downtown Eastside documented street sweeps and their impact on people’s lives. Vince Tao of VANDU was one of the people observing the actions of the police and city workers and conducting interviews with the people affected. He tells us what he observed.
Topics: street, sweeps, VPD, Vancouver, homeless, people, human, rights, Indigenous, property
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Oct 25, 2021 Redeye Collective
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South False Creek has been called one of the best-planned neighbourhoods in the world. Located between the Granville and Cambie bridges and owned by the City of Vancouver, the land is leased to 2000 housing coop, rental and strata units. These leases are expiring and the City of Vancouver wants to negotiate an entirely different relationship with this community. Redeye collective member Ian Mass joins us with his regular City Beat report.
Topics: housing, False, Creek, Vancouver, coops, rental, strata, development, density, lease
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Oct 17, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Sandeep Johal is a visual artist whose practice includes drawing, collage, textiles, and large-scale murals.  ‘What If’ is a major new exhibition of Johal’s work which opened at the Surrey Art Gallery last month. In the show, she layers her personal history with those of South Asian women she wished she knew about when she was growing up in Kelowna in 1980s. 
Topics: South, Asian, women, role, models, art, drawing, power, textiles, murals
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Oct 16, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Emergence: Out of the Shadows is a feature length film is about the strengths and struggles of gay and lesbian South Asian people in Metro Vancouver. For Kayden, Jag, and Amar, awakening to and expressing their sexuality within conservative South Asian families was a lonely and terrifying experience - and yet they emerged. The film showed at Kdocs Film Festival in early October. We speak with producer Alex Sangha.
Topics: gay, lesbian, queer, South, Asian, Vancouver, homophobia, tradition, sexuality, conservative
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Oct 16, 2021 Redeye Collective
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When you look at Canada as a whole, 71% of Canadians are fully vaccinated. But if you look at individual provinces, the numbers vary quite a bit. Here in BC, we’re currently at 73% of the total population. In Alberta, it’s more like 64%. Although vaccine passports and other incentives have prompted some to get vaccinated, many people are still hesitant. To find out what’s behind this reluctance, we’ve contacted Taylor Lambert. He is the Alberta politics reporter for The Sprawl.
Topics: vaccines, Alberta, politics, hesitancy, conspiracy theories, vaccination, rates, case, counts,...
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Oct 16, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In September, leader of the People’s Party of Canada Maxime Bernier publicly urged his Twitter followers to ‘play dirty’ with the press and exposed the contact details of three journalists. Bernier’s account on Twitter was eventually suspended for 12 hours but Bernier himself was unapologetic.  The incident forms part of an escalating pattern targeting journalists whose reporting is unpopular with some politicians and organizations. We speak with Brent Jolly, president of the Canadian...
Topics: journalists, harassment, threats, Bernier, death, reporters, Twitter, violent, Canada, CAJ
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Oct 16, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In mid-September, vaccine protesters entered three schools in Salmon Arm to deliver notices of Vaccine Liability, bogus legal documents based on the ideology of the Freemen-on-the-Land. To find out more about this anti-government movement and its links to white nationalism, we contacted Edwin Hodge. He’s a lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of Victoria who researches extremism and white supremacist activism in North American societies. 
Topics: white, nationalism, supremacy, vaccine, freemen-on-the-land, sovereign, citizens, anti-vax,...
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Oct 16, 2021 Redeye Collective
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More than 1,100 people have been arrested this year for breaching a court injunction while protesting logging of old growth at Fairy Creek.  On Oct 4, protesters gathered at the BC Legislature to call on the government to take action to protect old growth, especially since its been over a year since Premier John Horgan promised to implement an independent old-growth panel’s recommendations in “totality".  We speak with Ken Wu, executive director at Endangered Ecosystems Alliance.
Topics: forests, old-growth, Fairy, Creek, logging, injunction, arrests, NDP, Horgan, panel
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Oct 6, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Under Canada’s Indian Act, prior to 1985, a woman who married a non-Indigenous man lost her Indian status, and risked being evicted from her reserve. A new documentary tells the story of a Mohawk woman who lost her status and fought for more than two decades to get it back and end sex discrimination under the Indian Act. We speak with Mohawk writer and director Courtney Montour.
Topics: Indian, Act, sex, discrimination, status, marriage, Mohawk, Kahnawake
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Oct 6, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Vancouver City Council is back at work and one of its first tasks was to hear a motion by Vancouver Councillor Christine Boyle about a massive $3-billion expansion of a liquefied natural gas production and storage facility in the Fraser River. In City Beat today, Redeye collective member Ian Mass talks about this proposed LNG expansion, a new Climate Emergency parking program, a proposal for seniors housing and a new plan to supply safer drugs to people. 
Topics: LNG, expansion, permit, parking, seniors, housing, drug, overdose, safe, supply
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Sep 3, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Two years ago, Environment and Climate Change Canada came out with a report saying that Canada is warming at more than double the global rate. Despite this, Canada increased its emissions more than any other G7 country since it signed the Paris Agreement.  At the same time, Canada’s largest public pension plan has increased its shares in fossil fuel companies. A recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at the fossil fuel portion of the investment portfolios of...
Topics: fossil, fuel, investments, divestment, pension, plans, CPP, Caisse, Quebec, portfolio, climate,...
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Sep 3, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In 2008, Hassan Diab was a sociology professor at Carleton University in Ottawa when he was arrested and accused of involvement in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. After a lengthy extradition hearing, in 2014, Diab was handed over to France where he was imprisoned, largely in solitary confinement, for over 3 years. In 2018, the charges were dismissed and Diab returned to Canada. But his nightmare didn’t end there. In January 2021, the French appeals court reversed the dismissal of...
Topics: Hassan, Diab, appeals, court, extradition, Paris, France, trial, Canadian, charges, solitary,...
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Sep 3, 2021 Redeye Collective
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After 13 years of appeals and more than three years of corporate stalling, the contract laying out the terms of the sale of the Little Mountain social housing site to Holborn Properties has finally been made public. David Chudnovsky calls the terms of the contract “a sweetheart deal” for the developer. We talk with David Chudnovsky, spokesperson for Community Advocates for Little Mountain and former NDP MLA. 
Topics: Little, Mountain, housing, social, public, Holborn, developer, BC, Liberals, Coleman, contract
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Aug 30, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The federal government set a tougher target for reducing domestic emissions in 2020 yet the full extent of Canada’s contribution to the climate crisis remains hidden from view. Fraser Thomson is a lawyer at Ecojustice whose work focuses on the impact of fossil fuel operations on communities and the environment. He talks with us about the oil, gas and coal emissions generated by Canadian energy exports.
Topics: fossil, fuels, oil, gas, coal, exports, emissions, domestic, Canada, climate, crisis, environment
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Aug 30, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Cuba has faced sixty years of an economic blockade by Washington, including many additional measures brought in by the Trump administration. The Biden administration, rather than normalizing relations with Cuba, has stepped up its aggressive rhetoric. The Canadian Network on Cuba in Canada is asking the federal government to condemn Washington's economic sanctions. We speak with Isaac Saney, spokesperson for the group.
Topics: Cuba, Canada, economic, sanctions, Biden, blockade, sanctions, medical, supplies
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Aug 5, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Earle Peach is the director of three Vancouver-based choral groups including the High and Lows Choir and Solidarity Notes Labour Choir. He also plays a bunch of instruments and performs with musical groups. But in his new book, Questions to the Moon, Peach says songwriting is his strongest self-identification. The book is a collection of stories and lyrics, just published by Lazara Press.
Topics: choir, singer, songwriter, musician, lyrics, autobiography, Solidarity, Notes, director, community
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Aug 5, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The Nicaraguan government is encouraging a gold rush in its country, opening up two-thirds of the country to mining concessions. Canadian and Australian corporations, among others, are lining up to mine that gold. But gold mining is linked to displacement, violence and environmental degradation. Anuradha Mittal is executive director of the Oakland Institute and author of the report, Nicaragua’s Failed Revolution. 
Topics: gold, mining, Nicaragua, Canada, Australia, environment, violence, degradation, displacement
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Aug 5, 2021 Redeye Collective
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As many B.C. regions experience severe drought, municipalities and First Nations are calling for the government to stop issuing groundwater extraction licences to commercial bottling companies. The province is currently sitting on at least eight permit applications for water-bottling operations, one of which concerns the town of Golden in the Rocky Mountains. Annette Lutterman is an ecologist and a resident of Golden.
Topics: water-bottling, licences, moratorium, municipalities, First, Nations, aquifer, groundwater, drought
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Aug 5, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Almost 100 years ago, the Canada, Manitoba and Ontario allowed massive flooding of the Lac Seul First Nation reserve for a hydroelectric project.  The Supreme Court of Canada has found that Canada did not seek Lac Seul First Nation’s consent to flood the lands, nor did it expropriate them under the Indian Act. In addition, the Lac Seul First Nation were never adequately compensated for their loss. We speak with Chief Clifford Bull of the Lac Seul First Nation.
Topics: Indigenous, Lac, Seul, court, compensation, flooding, Ontario, Manitoba, hydroelectric, Indian, Act
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Aug 5, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In its last set of meetings before a summer break, Vancouver City Council adopted an equity framework that identifies three sources of systemic inequity in the city: colonialism, White supremacy and ableism. Ian Mass tells how council intends to implement its new equity framework in this week’s City Beat report.
Topics: equity, municipal, White, supremacy, ableism, colonialism, Handydart, Translink, youth, housing
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Aug 4, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Anti-government protests erupted in various Cuban cities the weekend of July 11. People were protesting the dire economic conditions on the island, amid a surge in Covid cases. There were protests in six of Cuba’s fourteen provinces, including the major cities, but the largest protests were in Miami, Florida.  CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin says the protests in Cuba can only be understood in the context of the U.S. embargo. Medea Benjamin is the author of several books on Cuba, including...
Topics: Cuba, protests, sanctions, Biden, blockade, embargo, US, foreign, policy, Covid-19, shortages
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Jul 26, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Self-driving cars, scooters and bikes of every description, car-share schemes and air taxis… all these modes of transport may be part of our transportation future. And while boosters of each of these modes of transport describe them in glowing terms, understanding the precise costs and benefits is more of a challenge. Todd Litman’s recent book, New Mobilities, examines the questions we need to ask as we plan for these emerging transportation technologies.
Topics: transportation, transit, cars, bikes, scooters, planning, self-drive, city, mobility, technology
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Jul 26, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In May, the federal government added plastic manufactured items to the toxic substances list of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Campaigners to ban single-use plastic say this is an important first step in reducing the amount of plastic garbage in the environment. Laura Yates is Oceans & Plastics Campaigner with Greenpeace.
Topics: ban, CEPA, federal, environment, ocean, plastics, waste, single-use, toxic
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Jul 12, 2021 Redeye Collective
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On June 17, the digital publication The Narwhal hosted an online event to look at meaningful solutions to the crisis of old-growth logging. Sarah Cox is BC investigative reporter for the Narwhal. She interviews Garry Merkel, a registered professional forester from the Tahltan Nation and co-chair of BC’s old-growth strategic review panel. We’d like to thank The Narwhal for permission to broadcast this interview. 
Topics: BC, British, Columbia, forests, old-growth, logging, review, forestry, Fairy, Creek, Narwhal,...
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Jul 12, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The Wilderness Committee has released a report reflecting the concerns and priorities of leaders in Northern BC.  “Northern Vision and Voices: What the region needs to thrive in a changing world” was written by Megan Gordon after six months of interviews in the North. The report says it’s time for British Columbia to invest in building strong communities across the region. We talk with Peter McCartney, climate campaigner for the Wilderness Committee.
Topics: North, northern, BC, British, Columbia, resource, investments, First, Nations, settler,...
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Jul 11, 2021 Redeye Collective
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On June 29, the BC Supreme Court ruled that the B.C. government had breached the treaty rights of the Blueberry River First Nations. In her ruling, Justice Burke said that the province has allowed so much development in their territory that they can no longer meaningfully exercise their rights under Treaty 8. Lawyers for the Blueberry River First Nations have called the ruling a ‘complete vindication’ of the Nations’ position. Lisa Glowacki is co-counsel for the Nations.
Topics: treaty, 8, rights, blueberry river, first, nations, oil, gas, logging, hydroelectric, Site, C,...
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Jul 11, 2021 Redeye Collective
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There are more than 100 housing co-ops in Vancouver, the majority located on land leased from the City of Vancouver. Many of these leases are expiring over the next decade and the City and the Co-op Housing Federation have been talking about what to do for the last 5 years. Council will make a decision this week. This and more in Redeye’s regular City Beat report with Ian Mass.
Topics: co-ops, housing, city, beat, cooperative, leases, Trutch, renaming, CHF, density
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Jun 19, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Non-unionized workers in BC have no paid sick leave rights under the Employment Standards Act. Guaranteed paid sick time for all workers crept a step closer in May with the announcement of a temporary three-day paid sick policy but it’s set to run out at the end of this year. We talk with David Fairey, labour economist and co-chair of the BC Employment Standards Coalition.
Topics: sick, pay, Covid-19, pandemic, employment, standards, BC, worker, permanent, paid, labour, economy
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Jun 19, 2021 Redeye Collective
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On May 21, the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute hosted a webinar on the ways in which Canada enables Israeli apartheid. Yves Engler gave a presentation on Canada’s political support for the state of Israel, both now and historically. Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist and author who has published 11 books including his latest House of Mirrors — Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy. 
Topics: Israel, Palestine, Canada, charitable, tax, deduction, policy, apartheid, political, economic,...
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Jun 19, 2021 Redeye Collective
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After the remains of 215 children were found on the grounds of the old Kamloops Indian Residential School, there have been expressions of shock and grief, but also calls to action.  Kukdookaa Terri Brown is a Crow Clan member of the Tahltan Nation. She is former chief of her people and former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. She served 6 years with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada where she heard many stories of children going missing or not returning...
Topics: Kamloops, KIRS, residential, schools, genocide, remains, 215, children, TRC, truth, reconciliation
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Jun 19, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The killing of four members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario two weeks ago has brought white nationalist violence to the forefront yet again. Jasmin Zine is a Professor of Sociology and Muslim Studies at Laurier University. She is lead researcher with the Canadian Islamophobia Industry Research Project. She says the ingredients for this latest tragedy have long been in the making.
Topics: Islamophobia, white, nationalism, supremacy, Muslim, racism, Canada, industry, liberal, violence
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Jun 19, 2021 Redeye Collective
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As of May 13, Greyhound suspended all bus service in Canada. The company’s decision leaves many Canadians stranded with no alternative to private car ownership. The National Farmer’s Union says that Greyhound’s exit paves the way for national public transit system that serves all communities across the country. Bess Legault is NFU’s Women’s President and a first generation farmer in the Peace River Valley. 
Topics: transit, transportation, environment, economy, Canada, Greyhound, bus, sustainable, bus, national,...
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Jun 14, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide shows a stark divide between rich and poor countries. In May, people living in G7 countries were 77 times more likely to be offered a vaccine than those living in the world’s poorest countries.  David Adler is a political economist who argues that it is time to end the patent stranglehold on Covid-19 vaccines and to transform the for-profit system of intellectual property that impedes the provision of all life-saving drugs.
Topics: patents, drugs, profit, TRIPS, WTO, waiver, vaccines, Covid-19, patent, intellectual, property
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Jun 14, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Translink is introducing a modernization plan for HandyDart, which thousands of people living with disabilities depend on for public transportation. Redeye Collective member Ian Mass joins us today with his regular City Beat report to talk about this plan, the climate emergency policy Vancouver City Council passed last year that has hit a potential roadblock and redevelopments that show us the best and worst of planning and public participation.
Topics: City, Beat, climate, emergency, planning, bureacracy, permits, public, developments, disabled,...
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Jun 14, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Lawyer and activist Hasan Alam was one of the speakers Thursday June 10 in Vancover at a vigil for the Afzaal family in London, Ontario, murdered by a white supremacist on Sunday night. Hasan Alam was one of the co-founders of the Islamophobia Legal Assistance hotline in 2015.
Topics: white, supremacy, Islamophobia, Afzaal, vigil, family, racism, Muslim, Islam
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May 23, 2021 Redeye Collective
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NSCAD University in Halifax is going to set up an institute to study Canadian slavery. The initiative will be spearheaded by Dr. Charmaine Nelson, who was the first Black tenured professor of art history in Canada. The Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery will be a hub for the study of the art, visual cultures, and histories of Canadian slavery and its legacies. We talk with Dr. Charmaine Nelson today.
Topics: Canadian, slavery, Canada, NSCAD, institute, history, legacy, study, Halifax, Black, Indigenous
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May 23, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system is an ongoing crisis in Canada. In B.C., the First Nations Justice Council is implementing a strategy to bring down the number of people who become involved with the criminal justice system. Mitch Walker is with the First Nations Justice Council and he joins us today to talk about this strategy and more specifically, Gladue reports, which can play a pivotal role in this new approach.
Topics: Indigenous, justice, system, criminal, jail, over-representation, First, Nations, racism, systemic,...
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May 23, 2021 Redeye Collective
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On April 23, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the existence of the Sinixt people in south-eastern BC, 65 years after they were declared extinct by the federal government. The ruling is the end of a long legal battle for the Sinixt and for Richard Desautel of Washington State who, in 2010, shot and killed an elk in the traditional territory of the Sinixt to challenge the extinction claim. We talk with the lawyer for the Sinixt, Mark Underhill.
Topics: Sinixt, Columbia, River, extinct, rights, Indigenous, territory, traditional, colonialism, Desautel
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May 23, 2021 Redeye Collective
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128 speakers have signed up this week to talk to Vancouver city council about upzoning and densifying much of Vancouver for social housing. Council was also considering support for prioritizing Commercial Drive as a pedestrian-first street, patents on Covid-19 vaccines, accessible washrooms at Skytrain stations and an apology for a decision made 107 years ago. Ian Mass joins us with his City Beat report.
Topics: density, social, housing, zoning, upzoning, Commercial, vaccines, accessible, Skytrain, patents
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May 17, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In February, Dr Peter Victor gave the 2021 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture.  Peter Victor is a Professor Emeritus at York University and was Gideon Rosenbluth's graduate student at UBC in the late sixties. More than 30 years later, they co-authored a research paper called Saving the Environment: How Canada Can Abolish Poverty and Unemployment Even in a No-Growth Economy. A couple of years later, based on their work together, Peter wrote his book, Managing without Growth. Slower by Design,...
Topics: economics, growth, environment, disaster, design, no-growth, theory, management, economy
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May 17, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In a new book just published by UBC Press, editors Miu Chung Yan and Sean Lauer document how the neighbourhood house model, a century-old type of community organization, can help overcome isolation in urban neighbourhoods by creating welcoming places, drawing on a five-year study to document and contextualize the neighbourhood house network in Vancouver. We speak with Miu Chung Yan and Sean Lauer.
Topics: neighbourhood, house, community, organization, Vancouver, network, newcomers, residents, immigrants
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May 17, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Later this month the city of Vancouver will submit its application to Health Canada for permission to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs. The application defined a threshold limit for possession without consulting with drug users. They say this limit is far too low. Caitlin Shane is a staff lawyer with the Pivot Legal Society, working on drug policy. She spoke with James Mainguy last week.
Topics: VANDU, drugs, possession, decriminalization, Health, Canada, Vancouver, threshold, limit, offences
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May 8, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In mid-April, Germany’s highest court ruled that a rent cap imposed by the Berlin state government is illegal. German federal court overturned the law, saying lawmakers in the state had no right to instigate it. We speak about rent control and the Berlin rent cap with Alexander Vasudevan, associate professor in human geography and fellow at Christ Church at the University of Oxford. He and David Madden co-authored a recent piece in the Guardian arguing that the Berlin law, though defeated in...
Topics: rent, control, Berlin, cap, landlords, gentrification, rental, housing, markets, social, economics
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May 8, 2021 Redeye Collective
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A group of Xinka people in Guatemala opposes the development of the Escobal mine, owned by Vancouver based Pan American Silver. Members of the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa have been shot at and received death threats in response to requests for a consultative process, a request which has been upheld in court. Jen Moore is an associate fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies. She joins us from Mexico City to discuss the mine and the resistance to it.
Topics: Escobal, mine, silver, Pan, American, Xinka, resistance, Guatemala, mining, industry
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May 8, 2021 Redeye Collective
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On April 27, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Health Coalition held an online day of action calling on the federal government to create national standards for long-term care in Canada, instead of handing the job off to an accreditation industry with no power to enforce standards. In this podcast, we hear from John Cartwright, Pam Beattie and Pat Armstrong. We’d like to thank the Council of Canadians and Canadian Health Coalition for making the recording of the event available to us.
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In April, over 100 Canadians staged a hunger strike to raise awareness of the federal government’s plan to purchase 88 new advanced fighter jets for a total cost of over $76 billion. Dr. Brendan Martin is a member of the Vancouver chapter of the organization, World BEYOND War.  He finished a two-week fast on April 23 as part of the No New Fighter Jets Coalition and joins us to talk about the campaign.
Topics: peace, war, fighter, jets, NATO, armaments, weapons, Canada, federal
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May 7, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The 2021 Federal Budget promised to support people living in Indigenous communities, and allocate over $18 billion over the next five years to improve the quality of life and create new opportunities. Riley Yesno says as “historic and unprecedented” as this Budget may be, that does not mean it is sufficient. Riley Yesno is a queer Anishinaabe writer, researcher, and public speaker from Eabametoong First Nation. She is currently a Canadian Journalism Foundation Fellow, and a Yellowhead...
Topics: budget, federal, Indigenous, inequity, health, housing, infrastructure, MMIWG, reconciliation, water
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In July 2020, Vancouver City Council passed a motion to decriminalize poverty. Council heard about a variety of impacts, including the intersecting impacts of poverty, gender, and racism on interactions with police. A report on the implementation of this task came to Council last week and Ian Mass, our City Beat reporter, joins us to tell us about the outcome. Plus a social housing update and a new 3-day car race proposed for Vancouver.
Topics: poverty, gender, systemic, racism, police, decriminalize, social, housing, car, race, electric
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May 7, 2021 Redeye Collective
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On April 26, the Vancouver School Board voted to end its school liaison officer program. Meenakshi Mannoe is Criminalization & Policing Campaigner at Pivot Legal Society and was involved in the fight to remove police from school. She joins us to talk about her concerns with the motion the Vancouver School Board passed and what’s next for the campaign to remove police from schools. 
Topics: police, liaison, program, Vancouver, VSB, school, defund, Black, racism, Indigenous, criminalization
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Apr 30, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In 2017,  El Salvador became the first country in the world to pass a comprehensive law banning on metals mining nationwide. The vote was the result of a 12-year struggle by small farmers and their allies to protect the waters of the Lempa River from the impact of gold mining. Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell this incredible story in their new book The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country From Corporate Greed. We speak with John Cavanagh.
Topics: Salvador, metal, gold, mining, ban, water, defenders, corporations, court, damages, Canada
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Apr 30, 2021 Redeye Collective
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All Mountain caribou in Canada are at risk of extinction, and none more so than the southern Mountain Caribou of BC and Alberta. Herds have been in decline for over three decades. In March, the federal government rejected an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act to protect the threatened caribou. We speak with Charlotte Dawe, Conservation and Policy Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee. 
Topics: caribou, mountain, endangered, extinction, environment, wildlife, species, risk, BC, Alberta
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Apr 30, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Holborn Properties bought 224 Little Mountain social housing units in 2007 with a promise to rebuild. Fourteen years later, the lot still sits empty. Activists are fighting to see the sales agreement that the BC Liberal government signed with Holborn. A government arbitrator ordered BC Housing to release the contract but Holborn continues to fight to keep it private. We catch up on what’s happening with David Chudnovsky of Community Advocates for Little Mountain.
Topics: housing, little, mountain, holborn, properties, developer, liberal, BC, social, contract
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Apr 25, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Yellow Objects is part digital experience and part theatrical installation. The work is inspired by the democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019 and created by Derek Chan, co-artistic director of Rice & Beans Theatre. Derek Chan grew up in Hong Kong and is a playwright, director, performer and translator. We speak with him about how the work came about and how he adapted it once the pandemic made live theatre productions impossible.
Topics: yellow, objects, Hong, Kong, theatre, democracy, protests, China, digital, arts
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Apr 25, 2021 Redeye Collective
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Someone Like Me, premiering at Toronto’s Hot Docs this month, documents what happens when a group of strangers from Vancouver’s queer community sponsor Drake, a gay asylum seeker from Uganda. With the help of Rainbow Refugee, they embark on a year-long quest for personal freedom. We speak with filmmakers Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams.
Topics: gay, queer, refugee, Uganda, sponsor, asylum, seeker, rainbow, film, documentary, NFB, Canada,...
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Apr 19, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The 360 Riot Walk is a multilingual interactive tour which invites participants to trace a layered history of labour politics, anti-Asian racism, and community resistance in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The tour has 13 stops between Gassy Jack and Oppenheimer Park. We speak with artist Henry Tsang, creator of the 360 Riot Walk.
Topics: art, racism, anti-Asian, history, riots, labour, politics, Downtown, Eastside, Powell, Street,...
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Apr 19, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The Canadian and Ontario governments recently announced they are giving $470 million to Sonofi Pasteur, a French vaccine maker, to build a new   plant to manufacture vaccines for influenza.  In December we talked with Colleen Fuller about how the Mulroney government sold off Canada’s Connaught Labs and their research and production capacity. We’ve connected with her again to get her take on Canada’s role in the provision of affordable vaccines, here and abroad.
Topics: Canada, privatization, health, care, vaccines, Covid-19, affordable, Ontario
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Apr 19, 2021 Redeye Collective
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It is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced transit ridership, and that rebuilding rider confidence will be challenging. Councillor Jean Swanson has a motion before Vancouver City Council specifically focused on preserving bus ridership, which makes up over 60% of transit trips in Metro Vancouver. Redeye collective member and City Beat commentator Ian Mass joins us to talk about all the goings on at Vancouver City Hall and beyond.
Topics: bus, transit, ridership, Fraserlands, community, centre, West, End, development, construction,...
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Apr 19, 2021 Redeye Collective
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A year into the pandemic, it’s clear that any recovery plan has to include public investment in child care. The Canadian child care sector was fragmented and under-funded before the pandemic and it’s just gotten worse. A new study by David Macdonald and Martha Friendly of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives surveyed child care providers in 37 Canadian cities and found staggering differences in how much parents pay for child care fees across the country. We talk with Iglika Ivanova,...
Topics: economy, pandemic, inequality, women, workforce, child, care, parents, labour, affordable,...
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Apr 12, 2021 Redeye Collective
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On April 1. BC Supreme Court granted an injunction to logging company Teal-Jones Group to remove Fairy Creek/Ada’itsx forest defenders. This clears the path for the destruction of one of the last intact old-growth areas on Vancouver Island, on the territory of the Pacheedaht First Nations. We speak with two people from the Sierra Club, senior forest and climate campaigner Jens Wieting and forest relations coordinator Ma̱k’wa̱la – Dakota Smith.
Topics: clear-cutting, forest, old-growth, indigenous, BC, injunction, logging, defenders, climate,...
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Apr 12, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The upcoming provincial and federal budgets are being called the most important in a generation with the opportunity of addressing long standing systemic inequality and injustices. Alex Hemingway is an economist and public finance policy analyst at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office. He joins us to talk about what British Columbians are hoping to see in these budgets.
Topics: housing, affordable, systemic, inequality, economy, budget. labour, taxes, sick, leave, labour
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Apr 12, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The ride-hailing giant Uber recently announced its answer to complaints about lack of benefits and labour protections for its workers when it unveiled its Flexible Work+ plan last.  Uber is asking provincial governments to amend labour legislation to allow gig workers to accumulate benefit funds that they could spend on things like health insurance and pension plans. We speak with Brice Sopher, an Uber Eats courier and organizer with the Gig Workers United union.
Topics: gig, workers, union, Uber, Lyft, economy, contractors, labour, legislation, Canada, flexible,...
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According to a recent study, more than one and a half million child laborers were working in cocoa growing areas of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in 2019. In a landmark human rights case, eight young men from Mali are bringing a class action suit against big chocolate companies. They managed to escape after being trafficked as children and forced to harvest cocoa in Cote D’Ivoire.  We speak with lawyer and executive director of International Rights Advocates Terry Collingsworth.
Topics: chocolate, labour, enslaved, children, trafficking, corporations, Mali, Africa, class, action,...